When are they old enough to watch Star Wars?

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Over the past few months, my daughter has become obsessed with Star Wars. Whenever she gets bored in the car, at home, or on a walk, she asks me to tell her about Princess Leia and her Rebel friends in their fight against Darth Vader and the Empire.

In a way, it's cute. I like telling her about Obi-wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker and The Force. Plus, she very much enjoys my Yoda and Chewbacca impressions. We're more or less through Episodes IV, V and VI, just without some of the more grown-up details (she's still a little confused on how Darth Vader can be a bad guy and Luke Skywalker's father at the same time, or why the Rebels would spend so much time fighting the Empire in the first place).

On the other hand, through my description of this movie alone, my three-year-old has been introduced to following new concepts: weapons, purposefully injuring others (albeit in preemptive self-defense), and evil. I can only imagine what windows into the less child-friendly parts of humanity would open if she were to actually watch the movies.

Nevertheless, she really seems into it, so I'm trying to decide how long it'll be before we sit down with Episode IV for some quality father/daughter time. Help me Internets, I need some advice:

How old is old enough for Star Wars?
365 (15.1%)
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Middle School, at least!134 (31.2%)

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.